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Three Dakota Wesleyan University students have been chosen to participate in the 2017 South Dakota Intercollegiate Band. Mellissa Spitzer, senior from Mitchell; Rheanna Pheifer, junior from Platte; and Bryce Blank, sophomore from Rapid City, were selected for the honor of joining the band, which will perform with top college musicians from across South Dakota at 11 a.m., Friday, March 24, at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. Tickets are available at the door. Spitzer and Pheifer play the flute and Blank plays the alto saxophone.
A Mitchell Middle School robotics team is headed to Kentucky to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship after Saturday's state tournament. Mitchell Middle School team "Robot Pandas" placed fifth overall Saturday at the state robotics competition at the Nordby Trades Center on the Mitchell Technical Institute campus. The fifth-place finish wasn't enough to send the team to the World Championship, but the team was given the Excellence Award for the middle school division, which grants the team a golden ticket to the World Championship April 19-25 in Louisville, Kentucky.
A Mitchell Police Division officer helped disarm a suicidal subject Sunday in an incident that included the evacuation of a West Elm Street apartment complex. At 2:38 p.m., an individual called the Mitchell Department of Public Safety to report a suicidal person who had a gun at a residence on the 1200 block of West Elm Street in Mitchell, according to Mitchell Assistant Police Chief Mike Koster.
In what could be a quick meeting, the Davison County Commission is set to discuss the Mitchell Rural Fire District approved by voters in 2015. The five-person board will meet with Jim Davies regarding the district, which replaced the long-standing Mitchell Rural Fire Association. The discussion will be held during a 9 a.m. Tuesday meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
Mitchell High School's recently completed performing arts center fulfilled its purpose, filling with talent Friday night. In fact, there was so much talent, a clear winner of the Friday Night Live talent competition couldn't be named. The night concluded with singer/songwriter Jamison Gross and the vocal duet of Sara Roy and Ahlea Callie in a tie for first place. Kayla Armstrong, a dancer, placed second and DJ Xander Morrison placed third.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Canova EICH CHOSEN FOR OVERSIGHT BOARD: Three South Dakota cattle producers, including Cory Eich, from Canova, have new leadership roles with the Cattleman's Beef Promotion and Research Board. The CBB oversees the collection of $1-per-head cattle sold in the U.S. and equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products.
WAGNER — A Ravinia man was indicted Wednesday and charged with assault after intentionally driving into a parked vehicle, according to court documents. Jordan Adams, 26, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of intentional damage to property after allegedly ramming a vehicle twice on Jan. 10 outside Wagner Super Foods on Main Avenue in Wagner. Wagner police arrived on scene at about 12:20 a.m., where a crowd of people were surrounding a 2014 Dodge Charger that was crashed into the Wagner Super Foods building, court documents state.
A Mitchell man was arrested after police allegedly found him in possession of drugs outside a school. Hudson Buckingham, 19, was arrested Feb. 3 after police found amphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia commonly used to sell drugs in his vehicle, which was parked in the Mitchell High School parking lot, court documents state. A Mitchell police officer followed a 2006 Dodge Magnum, driven by Buckingham, at about 1:30 p.m. after it quickly accelerated from the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Lawler Street, court documents state.
A Mitchell woman was arrested after allegedly admitting to stealing drugs from someone else's residence. Laura Miller, 48, was arrested Feb. 11 after telling police she took hydrocodone from a home in Mitchell while the homeowners were away, court documents state. Miller allegedly drove to the residence knowing there was hydrocodone inside, which she wanted to relieve her back pain. She opened the garage by entering a code on a keypad, court documents state.
Mitchell’s $8 million aquatic facility will take a major step forward Wednesday. According to the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department, the groundbreaking for the indoor pool facility will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday southwest of the Mitchell Recreation Center. Mayor Jerry Toomey will serve as the groundbreaking ceremony speaker and the public is invited to attend.